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12/23/2014 10:49 am ET

BBC Correspondent Gets Unintentionally High While Reporting On Afghan Drug Bust

Covering Afghanistan is often serious business. So why then is BBC Middle East correspondent Quentin Sommerville giggling uncontrollably while reporting from the region?

Well, it would seem that the fumes from the massive pile of drugs smoldering behind Sommerville during his report might have gotten the journalist just a tiny bit high.

"Burning behind me is eight-and-a-half tons of heroin, opium, hashish and other narcotics," Sommerville says before breaking into a fit of helpless laughter.

"Quick, quick, quick!" he shouts at his cameraman after yet another failed attempt. "We just need one more!"

Though it's unclear whether Sommerville was ever able to keep it together long enough to finish the report, and the original clip that he posted to Twitter Monday has since been deleted, the BBC explained the origins of the footage to the Telegraph.

"The video of Quentin corpsing, which has now been deleted, was posted in the spirit of a blooper," a BBC spokesperson said. “It was filmed four years ago -- it hasn't been seen before and was never broadcast.”

Though the clip might give the wrong impression, Sommerville has reported extensively from some of the most dangerous places in the world during his tenure with the BBC. In December, as he and his convoy neared the Baiji Oil Refinery in Iraq, Sommerville came under fire from snipers and continued his report calmly despite the attack.

H/T Gawker

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